Saturday December 10, 2011 Day 21 Finished St. Mary's Stadium

Southampton 2 - 2 Blackpool

  • Lambert 30’, 90’
  • Basham 36’
  • McManaman 49’

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    Time:90'
    • Southampton
    • Blackpool
    • 90' Full-time: Southampton 2-2 Blackpool. Southampton's winning run at St Mary's comes to an end, but they're still unbeatean at home and they have Rickie Lambert to thank for that as his late equaliser brings a share of the spoils between Saints and Blackpool.
    • 90+5' De Ridder bursts forward with the ball at his feet and selfishly runs out of time and space, as teammates scream for a square pass which could well have led to a last-minute winner for Southampton.
    • 90+4' Blackpool sub: Thomas Ince comes on for Matt Phillips
    • 90+4' GOAL FOR SOUTHAMPTON! SOUTHAMPTON 2-2 BLACKPOOL (Rickie Lambert). Southampton probe and push, and an inviting ball delivered to the back post is headed home by Lambert for his second of the match as the Saints steal a late equaliser.
    • 90+3' Lomana Lua Lua could have sealed it for the visitors there, but his low shot hits the side-netting.
    • 90+2' A couple of barges in the Blackpool box see Southampton cry for a penalty; the second one could well have been given after Cathcart unceremoniously barges over Schneiderlin.
    • 90' Guly Do Prado clips the ball to the back post from the byline but Lambert's shot is charged down from a few yards out, and we're going to have five minutes of stoppage time.
    • 90' Southampton win a corner after Dan Harding's low cross from the left is turned behind, but the home side cannot force anything from that set-piece.
    • 88' De Ridder attempts a shot from outside the box on the volley but it travels well over Matt Gilks' goal.
    • 87' Stephen Crainey bursts forward but his cross towards the back post is headed clear with Matt Phillips lurking in-behind. Soon after, Taylor-Fletcher has a shot charged down as Blackpool look to catch Southampton out on the break.
    • 85' The ball is pumped forward by Blackpool but Kevin Phillips is flagged offside as he looked to get on the end of it.
    • 83' Blackpool sub: Another attacking change from the visitors as Lomana Lua Lua enters the fray for Chris Basham.
    • 82' Harding plays in De Ridder whose low cross back along the Blackpool penalty area is collected by Jos Hooiveld but, on the turn, the defender flashes his shot wide of goal.
    • 81' Chris Basham goes in strongly on Dan Harding and will be booked for that tackle.
    • 79' Frazer Richardson's curling cross from the right is headed towards goal by Lallana but it is a comfortable hold for Gilks.
    • 78' De Ridder and Cork combine from a Southampton throw-in on the right, with the resulting ball into the box being headed narrowly over by a leaping Guly Do Prado.
    • 75' Blackpool sub: Kevin Phillips comes on for Callum McManaman
    • 74' Basham trips Lallana and that will give the home side a chance to whip the free-kick from 30-yards off-centre towards the Blackpool goal. They do, but De Ridder cannot get a touch on the delivery and the bouncing ball makes its way through to Gilks.
    • 72' Blackpool have not lost any of the 11 matches that they have been leading in the Championship this season (W8, D3), according to OptaJoe
    • 71' Morgan Schneiderlin becomes the second Saints player to be booked this afternoon; this time for a clusmy challenge.
    • 70' A Dan Harding corner is headed clear by Craig Cathcart back to Harding, whose second whipped delivery bounces off a Blackpool head and then plucked out of the air by 'keeper Gilks.
    • 69' Dan Harding's outswinging cross from the left flank is clawed away by Gilks for a Soton throw-in on the other side.
    • 67' The game is getting a little tetchy as De Ridder is twice adjudged to have fouled since coming on as a sub only a few moments ago.
    • 64' Double Southampton substitution: Danny Fox and Dean Hammond come off for Dan Harding and Steve De Ridder.
    • 63' A little bit of handbags off the ball sees Rickie Lambert and Barry Ferguson enter into the ref's book.
    • 62' Bialkowski gets a cheer from the home crowd as he makes a re-assuring gather from a deep Blackpool cross.
    • 61' After being fed by Guly Do Prado, Dean Hammond sends a 20-yard teasing, curling effort just wide of Matt Gilks' far post having cut in off the left flank.
    • 59' Blackpool living on the edge at the moment as a Danny Fox cutback is cleared and then, shortly after, Guly Do Prado and Hooiveld jump up to head the same ball from a Soton corner and, consequently, get in each other's way as the ball travels out for a Blackpool goal-kick.
    • 57' Guly Do Prado takes ownership of the ball in Blackpool's half and, after cutting in on his right, sends a low shot towards Blackpool's goal which Gilks pounces on.
    • 56' Blackpool win a free-kick out on the right, but Ludovic Sylvestre's delivery into the box is a poor one that evades everyone on its way to travelling out for a throw-in on the other side.
    • 54' Stephen Crainey is called on to head clear two consecutive Southampton crosses from deep, as the home side look to re-gather having fallen behind.
    • 51' Could Southampton's imperious home record come to an end today; they certainly wouldn't want that howler to be the cause of it.
    • 49' GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL! SOUTHAMPTON 1-2 BLACKPOOL (Callum McManaman). Blackpool lead and it's an absolute howler from Bialkowski. McManaman drives in off the left flank and sends a low shot towards the Southampton goal. Bialkowski appears to gather, but then lets the ball squirm under his body and watches despairingly as it crosses the goalline.
    • 47' Stephen Crainey inexcusably gives the ball away from just outside of his own penalty area, but Morgan Schneiderlin rushes the shot and blazes well over.
    • 46' Blackpool get us back underway at St Mary's for the second-half.
    • 45' Half-time: Southampton 1-1 Blackpool. An absorbing first 45 minutes as Blackpool brought themselves back into the match having fallen behind. They look dangerous on the break and, that coupled with Southampton's own attacking flair and vigour, means that it's still all to play for in the second-half.
    • 45+2' Southampton press forward, but Chris Basham cuts out a Do Prado cross intended to be met by Rickie Lambert lurking at the Blackpool back post.
    • 45' Two minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of this eventful first-half.
    • 44' Blackpool ending the first-half on a high, as Taylor-Fletcher sends a square pass to McManaman, whose strike, which follows from the edge of the Soton box, travels just wide of Bialkowski's far post.
    • 42' Ian Evatt becomes the first player to be booked in the match after tripping Guly Do Prado.
    • 41' Callum McManaman is adjudged offside when receiving a defence-splitting pass from Taylor-Fletcher. Close call, but it is the correct decision.
    • 40' Matt Phillips cuts in off the left flank and his low drive comes back off the post with Southampton's Bialkowski rooted to the spot.
    • 39' Guly Do Prado is almost played in from a central position, but Blackpool quickly recover their lines to snuff out the chance. Moments later, Jack Cork journeys forward but his deflected shot goes straight into the arms of Matt Gilks.
    • 36' GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL! SOUTHAMPTON 1-1 BLACKPOOL (Chris Basham) Out of nothing, Blackpool are level as Callum McManaman whips in the ball from the left channel and Chris Basham gets enough on it to divert past Bialkowski from a few yards out. Game on
    • 35' Southampton almost go two-up as Guly Do Prado finds Rickie Lambert with a sumptuous deep cross from the right. It's a solid first touch from Lambert and sets him up for a fierce shot which Gilks beats away for a corner. From that, Lallana drives an angled ball low towards Gilks' near post, but the 'keeper is quick to stoop down to collect.
    • 32' Callum McManaman finds Taylor-Fletcher but the ball runs away from him and so Bialkowski can rush out to clear.
    • 30' GOAL FOR SOUTHAMPTON! SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 BLACKPOOL (Rickie Lambert) A heavy touch from Neil Eardley deep in his own half sees Adam Lallana win the ball. He proceeds to feed Jack Cork who lays it off for Rickie Lambert to cut the ball onto his preferred foot and drill it, via a deflection, past Matt Gilks in the Blackpool goal.
    • 29' Matt Phillips has been a livewire for Blackpool down their right-flank but his searching delivery towards Taylor-Fletcher fails spark an attack on the Southampton goal.
    • 27' Southampton's best chance of the half so far, as Ian Evatt does brilliantly to stick out a leg and rob the ball off Dean Hammond as the Saints midfielder was looking to get something on a dangerous cross delivered deep from the right.
    • 24' Rickie Lambert, after nice link-up play with Danny Fox, clips the ball into the Blackpool box, but Guly Do Prado makes only deft contact with his head as the ball travels wide.
    • 21' Now its Blackpool's turn to attack as they win a corner, but the delivery is overhit and fails to test Bialkowski who has been on shaky ground thus far. Soon after, Cathcart sprays a searching ball out wide for Ian Evatt, but the pass is misplaced and goes out for a Soton goal-kick.
    • 18' Southampton continue to ramp up the pressure as Gilks gathers a Guly Do Prado cross from the right and, moments later, Schneiderlin blazes well over from the edge of the visitors' penalty box.
    • 16' Couple of half-chances for Southampton. First, Chris Basham manages to get his foot in to prevent Lallana from pulling the trigger, and then Guly Do Prado sends an inviting, low ball across the face of the Blackpool goal but no Saints attacker is alert to get a foot on it.
    • 14' Another heart-in-mouth moment for Saints fans as Bialkowski 'chests' clear a rasping 25-yard drive from Blackpool's Ludovic Sylvestre, having been teed up by Taylor-Flecther. Not convincing goalkeeping at all.
    • 13' Southampton continue to probe around the edge of the Blackpool penalty area, as Schneiderlin sprays the ball out wide to Adam Lallana who overhits his cross into the box from the right-flank.
    • 10' Craig Cathcart makes a solid recovering tackle to clear the ball as Morgan Schneiderlin had burst forward from midfield. He took the Frenchman with him in that tackle though, and so the Southampton midfielder has to undertake physio treatment before returning to the action.
    • 8' Ian Evatt is called on to head clear a Southampton cross from the right, but a free-kick soon follows out on the right channel, from which, Jos Hooiveld gets his head to the ball but sends his effort over the Blackpool goal.
    • 6' Matt Phillips crosses from the right and Bialkowski makes a complete hash of collecting the delivery - the replacement 'keeper only able to spoon the ball out for a Blackpool corner. From that, Gary Taylor-Fletcher flashes a shot wide from a few yards out.
    • 4' Matt Gilks comes out to collect the ball with Guly Do Prado lurking for any 'keeper spillages.
    • 3' Southampton have started on the front foot, dominating possession and finding some joy attacking down the right-flank with Frazer Richardson advancing from full-back.
    • 1' And Southampton get us underway for this early kick-off Championship game.
    • - Southampton go into this game slightly off-colour, having lost two of their last three league games, and come up against a spirited Blackpool side looking for only their third win away from home this season. But Nigel Adkins' men will be buoyed by the fact that they currently hold a 100% home league record of 10 wins out of 10 in the current campaign.
    • - If Southampton avoid defeat v Blackpool, it will be one year since their last home league defeat (W21 D1 L0), according to OptaJoe
    • - Blackpool, meanwhile, are without Keith Southern, who faces a spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery to remove a tumour. Alex Baptiste (hamstring) and Elliot Grandin (foot) remain unavailable for selection. Their one change from last weekend's victory at home to Reading sees Chris Basham start in place of Lomana Lua Lua, as Ian Holloway looks to strengthen his midfield numbers.
    • - For Southampton, Bartosz Bialkowski replaces Kelvin Davis, who injured his groin late on in training, in the Saints goal. Striker Rickie Lambert has overcome a hip complaint and starts, but David Connolly (groin), Richard Chaplow, Radhi Jaidi (both knee), and Dan Seabourne (head) are all out.
    • - Team News... Southampton: Bialkowski, Richardson, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, Schneiderlin, Hammond, Cork, Lallana, Do Prado, Lambert. Subs: Harding, Martin, Holmes, Reeves, De Ridder /// Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Evatt, Cathcart, Crainey, Sylvestre, Ferguson, Taylor-Fletcher, Matt Phillips, Basham, McManaman. Subs: Howard, Kevin Phillips, Angel, Ince, LuaLua /// Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).
  • Summary

    • 90+4' GOAL FOR SOUTHAMPTON! SOUTHAMPTON 2-2 BLACKPOOL (Rickie Lambert). Southampton probe and push, and an inviting ball delivered to the back post is headed home by Lambert for his second of the match as the Saints steal a late equaliser.
    • 78' De Ridder and Cork combine from a Southampton throw-in on the right, with the resulting ball into the box being headed narrowly over by a leaping Guly Do Prado.
    • 61' After being fed by Guly Do Prado, Dean Hammond sends a 20-yard teasing, curling effort just wide of Matt Gilks' far post having cut in off the left flank.
    • 57' Guly Do Prado takes ownership of the ball in Blackpool's half and, after cutting in on his right, sends a low shot towards Blackpool's goal which Gilks pounces on.
    • 49' GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL! SOUTHAMPTON 1-2 BLACKPOOL (Callum McManaman). Blackpool lead and it's an absolute howler from Bialkowski. McManaman drives in off the left flank and sends a low shot towards the Southampton goal. Bialkowski appears to gather, but then lets the ball squirm under his body and watches despairingly as it crosses the goalline.
    • 40' Matt Phillips cuts in off the left flank and his low drive comes back off the post with Southampton's Bialkowski rooted to the spot.
    • 36' GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL! SOUTHAMPTON 1-1 BLACKPOOL (Chris Basham) Out of nothing, Blackpool are level as Callum McManaman whips in the ball from the left channel and Chris Basham gets enough on it to divert past Bialkowski from a few yards out. Game on
    • 35' Southampton almost go two-up as Guly Do Prado finds Rickie Lambert with a sumptuous deep cross from the right. It's a solid first touch from Lambert and sets him up for a fierce shot which Gilks beats away for a corner. From that, Lallana drives an angled ball low towards Gilks' near post, but the 'keeper is quick to stoop down to collect.
    • 30' GOAL FOR SOUTHAMPTON! SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 BLACKPOOL (Rickie Lambert) A heavy touch from Neil Eardley deep in his own half sees Adam Lallana win the ball. He proceeds to feed Jack Cork who lays it off for Rickie Lambert to cut the ball onto his preferred foot and drill it, via a deflection, past Matt Gilks in the Blackpool goal.
    • 27' Southampton's best chance of the half so far, as Ian Evatt does brilliantly to stick out a leg and rob the ball off Dean Hammond as the Saints midfielder was looking to get something on a dangerous cross delivered deep from the right.
    • 24' Rickie Lambert, after nice link-up play with Danny Fox, clips the ball into the Blackpool box, but Guly Do Prado makes only deft contact with his head as the ball travels wide.
    • 14' Another heart-in-mouth moment for Saints fans as Bialkowski 'chests' clear a rasping 25-yard drive from Blackpool's Ludovic Sylvestre, having been teed up by Taylor-Flecther. Not convincing goalkeeping at all.
    • 6' Matt Phillips crosses from the right and Bialkowski makes a complete hash of collecting the delivery - the replacement 'keeper only able to spoon the ball out for a Blackpool corner. From that, Gary Taylor-Fletcher flashes a shot wide from a few yards out.
    • - Team News... Southampton: Bialkowski, Richardson, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, Schneiderlin, Hammond, Cork, Lallana, Do Prado, Lambert. Subs: Harding, Martin, Holmes, Reeves, De Ridder /// Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Evatt, Cathcart, Crainey, Sylvestre, Ferguson, Taylor-Fletcher, Matt Phillips, Basham, McManaman. Subs: Howard, Kevin Phillips, Angel, Ince, LuaLua /// Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

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